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Maine Roofing Contractors And OSHA

Maine Roofing Contractors and all construction professionals like building, remodeling and roofing contractors are often required to work on projects three or more stories up; doing so safely and efficiently requires skill, dexterity…and quality staging equipment. If you’ve ever wondered what this staging is and how contractors use it, this article will help to explain some of the more common types of staging/scaffolding and jack systems in use today or you can get a free estimate.

Using Steel Scaffolding In Maine

This is probably the more common type of scaffolding homeowners think of when hiring building or roofing contractors; made of durable steel or aluminum tubes, they’re held in place with either locking pins, steel couplers or sleeves, or a combination of the two. Maine Roofing Contractors will typically build a first level by assembling the steel frame and installing planks to use as a working platform. As the job moves up a story the staging moves with it; this enables the contractor to work at the proper level and with a certain degree of safety.

Using Ladder Jacks In Maine

I worked as a carpenter’s helper during my teen years and was responsible for helping to secure the various staging and jack systems used on projects. All Maine Roofing Contractors use these systems we had to choose from, ladder jacks always seemed to be the simplest to use. All you needed were two extension ladders, one single-stage ladder, a large enough wooden plank and two ladder jacks. The jacks were made of either aluminum or steel and looked like a modified “L” shape with a third center pivot arm you could loosen and set within differently spaced slots. This adjustment allowed you to change the angle based on the relative slope of the ladders.

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The jacks hooked onto two of the ladder rungs on each ladder; the single-stage ladder would then be placed on top of the two ladder jacks and a sturdy wooden plank set on top. One would still have to use caution as this was an “open” manner of staging and not recommended for projects more than a single story high. There are different styles and types of ladder jacks on the market today, with additional accessories designed to increase overall safety and efficiency.

Using Pump Jacks In Maine

Maine Roofing Contractors use this type of scaffolding or jack system can be used as an alternative to steel scaffolding and uses two steel “pumps” attached to two aluminum poles secured to the structure. The jack itself is a heavy duty vertical steel “box” approximately 4x4 inches in diameter, with rollers and handles used to move the jacks up and down on the poles. Steel extenders on each jack allow a reinforced wooden plank or aluminum stage to be used as a work platform; safety netting may also be installed. The benefit of using a pump jack system is that as the project climbs higher, each steel pump will allow the contractors to ratchet up and keep pace with the work. Professional staging or jack systems are an important part of the building or roofing contractor’s set of tools that allow him to work efficiently and productively, and are an added benefit to the contractor concerned about safety - Read our customer testimonials.

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